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Flamingo Information

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Flamingo Profile

Flamingos, or flamingo birds, are gregarious wading birds in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae. They are found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. Their habitat of choice is warm sub tropical climate with brackish waters. They are filter feeders of shrimp and plankton; their predominantly pink diet causes their distinctive pink color.

Origins and Subspecies

Flamingos are thought to have evolved from ancient long-legged aqueous birds, but scientists do not agree on their exact origins. There are six subspecies of the Flamingo. The two Old World flamingos are:
Greater Flamingo (P. roseus), which inhabits Africa, S. Europe and S. and SW Asia is the most widespread flamingo, known for its beauty. Lesser Flamingo (P. minor) inhabits Africa (e.g. Great Rift Valley) to NW India is the most numerous flamingo.


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